The Associates’ Alan Rankine Has Died

Drawn into the comet-like orbit of Dundee vocalist and songwriter Billy MacKenzie, the two formed The Associates, quickly carving out their own path

albums such as ‘The Affectionate Punch’ and ‘Sulk’ were driven by incredible ambition

Departing the group, Alan Rankin released a number of well-received solo albums, before spending a decade as a lecturer.

News of Alan Rankine’s death has been confirmed by several sources close to him. He was 64 years old.

John Dingwall writes: “Very sad to hear the news that my dear friend Alan Rankine of The Associates has died.

RIP Alan Rankine, a beautiful soul, and condolences to all his family.”